What is status of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

Dec 8 2012 - 10:48pm

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Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery in a scene from an upcoming episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
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Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery in a scene from an upcoming episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Q: Is this the final season for "Grey's Anatomy"? I was surprised that Eric Danes was taken off the show, as well as the actors who played Lexie and Teddie. Christina has left the hospital, so there are not many of the original cast members left. It would be a shame if this were the last season.

A: We don't know yet whether this will be the final season of "Grey's Anatomy." There has been no announcement to that effect and the cast is signed through a 10th season -- taking the show to May 2014 -- so it seems likely it will continue.

Q: I really looked forward to Saturdays and the levity of "Psych." Is there any chance they will bring it back to any channel?

A: "Psych" usually airs on a weeknight, but maybe you have has seen reruns on USA or in syndication on a Saturday.

New episodes of "Psych" will return to USA on Feb. 27.

Q: Are "Suits," "Franklin & Bash," "Covert Affairs," "Alphas" and "Burn Notice" no longer being made? I only see repeats if and when they are on.

A: The reality is that cable shows usually run in short batches of 10-13 episodes, often in summer, with the occasional four- to six-episode "winter season" on some cable networks.

Just because you don't see a show doesn't mean it's canceled; it often means it's a seasonal program and we're not in the right season.

"Suits" and "Franklin & Bash" are summer series. Both have been renewed and will be back next summer.

"Alphas" aired original episodes for several months and wrapped its season early this fall.

"Covert Affairs" has been airing regularly, too, and "Burn Notice" returned with new episodes on Nov. 8.

Q: Will "Dogs in the City" be back? I hope so. I loved that show!

A: CBS considers "Dogs in the City" a summer series and the network has not announced its plans for Summer 2013 yet. Ratings for the first season were OK, but the show tended to skew older, so it's a toss-up whether it will get a second season.

Q: How do the networks know how many viewers tune into their shows?

A: The Nielsen Co. measures TV viewership by selecting a representative sample of viewers and extrapolating broader viewing trends. Boxes are hooked up to "Nielsen family" TV sets to record what they watch. Networks and local stations buy the ratings data and use it to set ad rates.

Q: What time is "Anderson Live" taped? How "live" is it, really?

A: "Anderson Live" is taped from 9-10 a.m. EST daily in New York. In some markets, it airs live; in others, it airs on a tape-delayed basis.

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